The term veining refers broadly to any shifts in tone, colour or direction within a worktop surface. Such styles can produce spectacular and unique results, but will often produce varying results.
Veining in Granite Worktops
Granite worktops are manufactured from huge slabs of raw granite, and feature natural veins and inclusions completely at random, showing much more variation than would be expected of a man-made material such as Quartz or Solid Surface.
As an igneous rock, Granite is formed beneath the earth’s surface from intense heat and pressure. As Granite is a broad term for many similar combinations of minerals; different styles can vary wildly in terms of density, porosity, colouration & the types of veining. While generally, named variants (sourced from the same location) will have shared characteristics, Granite can still have unpredictable variances between slabs and even on the same slab.
Veining in Quartz Worktops
Quartz worktops are produced in batches, using natural Quartz crystal in combination with a blend of resins & binders. Largely composed of natural ingredients, Quartz worktops may encounter slight variations in terms of colour, but these will generally be fairly consistent with the samples given, thanks to quality control during the manufacturing process.
Where Quartz worktops have veins, these will typically be random in nature, and will feature differently on different slabs even from the same batch. The random nature of these veins means that larger designs will not feature repetitive elements, but it also means that how such veins lie in a kitchen design cannot be controlled.
Veining in Solid Surface Worktops
Some solid surface worktops have artificial veining, the extent of which can vary dramatically. While the direction and toning of these veins may vary between slabs and samples, in general, each solid surface worktop will use a near identical colour palette.
Where styles have highly directional veining, such as in Slab Tech Marmo Mare Gris, smaller samples may be less able to represent the full spectrum of colours which may appear.
Key points to consider:-
- Maximum slab size may determine where joints occur. these will be more prominent with veined surfaces.
- Colours may vary from those seen in print and/or screen, and smaller samples may not be fully representative of all the colours which may exist in a style.
- Veined solid surfaces will have more obvious repairs if a section needs to be replaced, compared with non-veined solid surfaces.
- Granite surfaces are the most unpredictable in terms of veining and colouration.